Graham Bensinger Seeing Success With Television Show Now In Fourth Season
Sports journalist Graham Bensinger "continues to follow a path few others have traveled, going out on his own in a high-risk, potentially high-reward, business of hosting, selling, marketing and running his own television sports interview program," according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The show, “In Depth with Graham Bensinger," began its fourth season this month and "is on its grandest stage yet." After having "appeared on the Internet and a variety of cable outlets, he decided to move the program to over-the-air television this season, syndicating it himself." Bensinger estimated that he "spent 220 days on the road in the last year" selling the show. He has increased his output from 12 shows a year to 26 this year, and his business "has grown from a one-man operation to one that now has 11 full-time employees." A good "chunk of the budget goes toward lining up guests." He recently hired longtime "Jim Rome Show" Producer Jason Stewart "as his booker." Bensinger said, “The budget has gone from in the first season what a lot of people would consider to be a nominal amount to this season if you screw up, it’s life-changing money." Bensinger said that he has "had interest from 'two large TV station groups' about acquiring a minority stake in the operation." Bensinger came to prominence at 19 when his interview with then-Eagles WR Terrell Owens in '05 led to the team suspending Owens (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/20).